Bob dances all the way to his century

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A LIFELONG Liberal supporter celebrating his 100th birthday was honoured to be presented with his telegram from the Queen by Sir Alan Beith MP.

Robert (Bob) Lee was surrounded by family, including daughter Dianne Keir and grandchildren David and Sally, and friends as well as his local MP at a party on Monday at the Black Bull in Wooler.

Bob, who loved country dancing with his wife Marcelle and danced until he was 90, credited this as one of his secrets for longevity.

“It’s been hard work, that’s for one, and taking long walks and dancing,” he said.

Bob was born in Belford in 1911 and worked on a farm as a teenager and young man before going to work in the woods.

He logged and planted trees all across north Northumberland and the Borders for many years with his good friend Jack Gallon.

He married Marcelle in his 40s and they lived happily in Mindrum, near Berwick, for around 40 years while he looked after the woods for Sir Peregrine Fairfax before finally retiring around 16 or 17 years ago and moving to Wooler.

Daughter Dianne said: “David Cameron need look no further than the village of Wooler if he wants to see the Big Society in action because he has been blessed with a lot of friends who help him with his every need.”

George Nevins, Bob’s friend for 50 years along with wife Betty, said: “He’s a lovely, lovely man and we have had a lot of laughs together.”